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UTA to use tiny sensors to track bugs and combat infestations

The University of Texas at Arlington is helping develop tiny sensors that attach to insects, tracking their movements and life cycles in an effort to combat infestations and…

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Cyclamen disease management

Read about how disease management can only be optimised by adopting a range of cultural and chemical control methods. Cultural control measures will reduce the development of disease and the need for fungicide inputs and are an essential part of any disease management program. Pre-cropping Clean and disinfect standing areas, including capillary matting (where…

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Australian biosecurity officer intersepts disease host plants

"Every rose has its thorn"

Biosecurity officers at the Sydney Gateway Facility recently intercepted a mail parcel with two live rooted rose plants, which are known hosts of Australia’s top plant disease threat. Head of Biosecurity at the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, Andrew Tongue, said importing plants carried a huge risk of…

Ecofarm Storti, Italy

Using ozone to sterilize irrigation water

Among the various products showcased at Macfrut, a series of devices to 'produce' ozone to sterilize irrigation water, perform treatments and for storage units were particularly popular. The company that develops this technology is Ecofarm Storti. Left to right: Massimo Bizzarri, Enrico Storti and…

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US (IN): Fungal, insect-borne diseases threaten several tree species

As leaves begin to change color and fall from trees across the Midwest over the next several weeks, forestry experts are urging Hoosiers to be on the lookout for telltale signs of disease that threaten the vitality of an untold number of trees across the state. Maladies like the emerald ash borer, Dutch…

Australia’s largest biological control company Biological Services:

"50 years on, we're still growing strong"

"A collaborative pioneering spirit and unwavering commitment to product and service quality have underpinned our growth," says James Altmann, co-Director with the Australian company Biological Services. The company is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and over that time their mission has always…

UF/IFAS scientist reaches turning point on palm disease research

"Invasive species cause the need for constant monitoring and surveillance"

Brian Bahder, a scientist at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS), can now trace how lethal yellowing and lethal bronzing, two deadly diseases attacking more than 19 species of palm trees, was established in Florida. While lethal yellowing plagues Florida palms,…

Crop Enhancement partners with OHP, Inc.

US: “We are advancing biopesticides, as growers are in need of more biological solutions”

“After applying CropCoat, insects don’t recognize the treated plants as something they want to feed or reproduce on,” says Dr. Damian Hajduk, chief technology officer at Crop Enhancement. The California-based company has a mission to create innovative and more sustainable pest control solutions for…

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Study on fertilizers and agrochemicals used in Vietnam

A study by the Netherlands Embassy in Hanoi on the current situation of fertilizers and agrochemicals use in Vietnam and the potential market opportunities for the Dutch businesses.  Vietnam is an agricultural nation with a natural area of 33.1 million ha in the mainland, ranking the largest 65th in the world.…

Stepping up the IPM game: Biobest invests 10M CAD in ecoation

Biobest and ecoation today announced stepping-up their initial  commercial collaboration. Biobest invests $ Can 10 Mio in ecoation. Biobest’s CEO, Jean-Marc Vandoorne, and COO, Karel Bolckmans, join ecoation’s board of directors. Furthermore, the parties join forces to develop new IPM related technologies…

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Innovative strategies for biological control

Year after year, the number of crop protection and chemical products that can be employed to counter pathogens and harmful insects in agriculture gets smaller and smaller. Within that scenario and with the aim of achieving a more sustainable management of resources in line with the objectives of Agenda 2030, biological…

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US: Insects from Jamaica transmit diseases to Florida palm trees

Research funded by the University of Florida’s Emerging Pathogens Institute has revealed that several Florida palm tree diseases are caused by insects traveling from Jamaica. Scientists found that the American palm cixiid, an insect species from the Caribbean basin, can transmit yellowing disease and…

Corteva wins exclusive license for new sustainable biofungicide

Corteva says it will expand its partnership with life sciences company Elemental Enzymes to include an exclusive license to a new biofungicide for row crops including…

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"Tobacco whiteflies have also developed resistance to chemical crop protection"

The tobacco whitefly is not a fly, but a louse related to aphids. It is originally a subtropical species, native to India and Pakistan. Like many other forms of life, it has benefited from globalization. She has traveled the world for decades, especially with ornamental flowers and leafy vegetables that…

Bio-enzyme water cleaner receives OMRI certification

Trusted by California growers for their wastewater cleaning needs for over a decade, Aquabella® Bio-Enzyme is now also better for organically minded farmers. The product just received organic certification from the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI), which assures the suitability of products for…

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AU: Agriculture Department tightens import inspection rules as stink bug season starts

The Department of Agriculture has announced stricter surveillance and inspection measures for imports from certain countries ahead of brown marmorated stink bug season. The…

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The whitefly "tipping point” and testing pesticides in poinsettia

Essentially, the tipping point is when growers have to decide whether or not to switch to chemicals for whitefly control, so they can end up with a clean crop. Switching to pesticides later than the last week of September/first week of October may mean you don’t have time to get on top of your whitefly…

Biobest Asperello T34 Biocontrol

US: Biofungicide granted label for use in greenhouse-grown California ornamentals

The biofungicide, Asperello T34 Biocontrol, has been granted a label for use in greenhouse-grown ornamentals in California. Used preventatively, it provides protection against major root diseases including Fusarium, Pythium, Phytophthora and Rhizoctonia. “Containing the antagonistic fungus Trichoderma…

The Andermatt Group and Vital Bugs

South Africa: Acquisition to provide growers with expertise and sustainable solutions

The Andermatt Group and Vital Bugs would like to announce the acquisition of a majority stake in Vital Bugs. Vital Bugs is a family-owned business headed up by Stephan…

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Bug Bites: An intermediate-level seminar series on greenhouse biological control

The floriculture team from Michigan State University Extension is pleased to present a second edition of their live weekly webcast series on greenhouse biological control. Bug Bites will begin the first full week of September 2021 and are intended to be intermediate-level discussions geared toward…

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Molecular understanding of postharvest flower opening and senescence

Flowers are key organs in many ornamental plants, and various phases of flower development impact their economic value. The final stage of petal development is associated with flower senescence, which is an irreversible process involving programmed cell death, and premature senescence of cut flowers…

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US (DE): Mt. Cuba to add high-tech, sustainable greenhouse

Hockessin’s Mt. Cuba Center is breaking ground on a new, sustainable greenhouse and plant production space. The organization plans to use the space to conduct native plant research, propagation, and production. Mt. Cuba’s current greenhouse was completed in 1962 to produce floral plants for Pamela and…

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UK: Agapanthus flowers under attack from destructive midges

A popular garden plant is facing a growing crisis from a new midge which is almost impossible to destroy once it settles in soil, the Royal Horticultural Society has warned. Reports of agapanthus gall midges destroying the plants’ attractive purple flowers have increased rapidly in recent years. The…

Agdia commercializes ImmunoStrip for detection of Xanthomonas genus

"Introducing a rapid diagnostic test for detection of the Xanthomonas bacteria"

Agdia announces the commercialization of a rapid diagnostic test for detection of several phytopathogenic members of the Xanthomonas genus on their ImmunoStrip platform.Widespread outbreaksAccording to Agdia, Xanthomonas is a large genus of gram-negative bacteria containing numerous phytopathogenic…

US: New liquid mycorrhizal inoculant product for horticulture

Mycorrhizal Applications was founded in 1995 on a basis of research and development. In its latest leap, MA has released MycoApply® EndoThrive, which is a new liquid mycorrhizal inoculant product for professional use. The new addition to the MycoApply product line is a suspended liquid concentrate…

NL: New technique provides better crop coverage with less spray

A large Hedera grower had been looking many years for a way to protect his plants better against insects and also save on spraying agent. Micothon decided to take up that challenge with him: by applying new techniques it should be possible to obtain optimal leaf coverage in a difficult crop such as…

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US: "Invasive plant species still sold in garden centers"

Results of a new study by ecologists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst show that 1,330 nurseries, garden centers and online retailers are still offering hundreds of invasive plant species as ornamental garden plants. This includes 20 species that are illegal to grow or sell nationwide. "Once…

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MSU Extension launches invasive species detection program for Box Tree Moth

Michigan State University Extension is partnering with USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service to implement an early detection program for the box tree moth throughout Michigan. Caterpillars of the box tree moth feed exclusively on boxwood shrubs and can easily kill the plant by consuming large…

Kenya: Yellow chrysanthemum heart provides natural crop protection

The yellow center of the Chrysanthemum cinerariifolium contains one of the world’s great natural insecticides, that as well as being totally harmless to plants, humans, and animals, supports the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of rural Kenyans who supply much of the world’s pyrethrum, the principal…

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‘First-in-nation interception’: US Customs Agents find rare beetle in flower shipment at Texas-Mexico border

U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents recently intercepted a rare beetle at the Texas-Mexico border. In a release, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency described the find as a “First-in-Nation interception.” According to USDA entomologists, the insect had never before been found at any of…

"Potworm control in orchids more feasible through correct substrate choice"

An orchid trial with three different substrates has been completed in the innovation centre 'De Kas' of the Van der Knaap Group. During this trial, the substrates were compared for the cultivation of Phalaenopsis in 12 cm pots. Fibre-Neth has proven itself as an alternative substrate: it absorbs water…

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Partnership to promote adoption of biological crop protections

Crop Enhancement, a manufacturer of sustainable crop protection products, today announced a partnership with OHP, a company in technology-based plant protection solutions for ornamentals. The partnership would expand the diversity of commercially available options to effectively manage ornamental pests.…

"Delivering a pest-free Poinsettia requires attention to detail"

Although consumers mainly associate Poinsettias with the festive season, growers are already embarking on the challenge to deliver a beautiful end product – and good crop scouting for pests is essential. From the beginning of the crop, pests such as thrips, whitefly, sciarid fly and Duponchelia can cause…

Integrated pest management for indoor cultivation pt. 1

In this new article series sponsored by Hawthorne Gardening Company, we are going to explore the biggest enemies of growers: pests. With today’s article, we start investigating the most dangerous pests for crops such as cannabis, lettuce, saffron, and so on, and how they ravage our favorite plants. In…

Major changes at International Pheromone Systems

Fast-growing Cheshire-based International Pheromone Systems (IPS) has strengthened its technical team with the promotion of Payman Shafighi to the new role of Technical Business Development Manager. The new appointment coincides with a recent move to new premises in Neston, Cheshire, and the opening of…

Recent progress in enhancing fungal disease resistance in ornamental plants

Fungal diseases pose a major threat to ornamental plants, with an increasing percentage of pathogen-driven host losses. In ornamental plants, management of the majority of…

Comparing biocontrol to pesticides for Bemisia Whitefly control in poinsettia

T’is poinsettia sticking season once again, and the question always comes down to the same thing: do I use chemicals to control Bemisia whitefly and hope it works this year? Or do I switch to biological control?  Here show some head-to-head comparisons that can help you decide are listed. An in-depth discussion…

Making the slow-release option of predatory mite a reality

“BioBee is proud to announce that for the first time ever, the predatory mite Phytoseiulus persimilis (BioPersi+), the ultimate spider mite predator, can be applied preventively using slow-release sachets that will guarantee consistent and absolutely outstanding results,” announced Ran Ganel, CEO of…

Time to reacquaint yourself with the browntail moth

The browntail moth (Euproctis chrysorrhoea) is an insect that was accidentally introduced to Massachusetts from Europe in 1897. By the early 1900s, it spread into all of New England and parts of Canada. The caterpillars of this species feed on oak, shadbush, cherry, beach plum, apple, rugosa rose, and…

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A new sensitive tool for the efficient quantification of plant disease susceptibility

While several biology techniques have undergone significant technical advances that have allowed their high-throughput implementation, assessing the resistance levels of plant varieties to microbial pathogens remains an arduous and time-consuming task. In response to this, Pujara and collaborators took…

Plant booster and protection hits Spanish market

SIPCO Innovations is pleased to announce the launch of its new product Hyshield in Spain this August, in partnership with Hortitec. This European launch comes after the success of Hyshield™ in the North American market and the increasing demand for this product in the marketplace. Hyshield is derived from…

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What growers and landscapers need to know about box tree moth

On May 28, 2021, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced that it had confirmed the presence of box tree moth, Cydalima perspectalis, in the continental United States and is working to contain and eradicate the invasive pest. Growers and…

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US (OR): Sightings of spotted lanternflies worry nursery industry

The news that two spotted lanternflies were found in Willamette Valley nurseries worries some Oregon farmers, including wine grape growers who know the damage it causes. The two insects were found in the fall of 2020 and there have been no new sightings, according to Vaughn Walton, Oregon State…

Corteva Agriscience and Andermatt USA announce agreement for two technologies

"We are enabling additional tools for sustainable production"

Corteva Agriscience and Andermatt USA announced today a multi-year agreement for two technologies that will benefit U.S. farmers. Andermatt USA is the U.S. subsidiary of…

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USDA seeks comment on pest risk assessment for the hydrangea import from Chile

The government of Chile has asked USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) to authorize the importation of hydrangea (Hydrangae macrophylla) cuttings for planting from Chile into the United States. APHIS has drafted a pest risk assessment that describes potential pests associated with…

Ultrasonic transmitters secure clean water for growers

For four months now the Dutch tomato grower Frank Dekker from Dekker Glascultures has used ultrasonic transmitters in his basin and silos to improve the quality of his irrigation- and drain water. And to great satisfaction. The USAF ultrasonic transmitters are supplied by Ultramins. "It’s been somewhat…

Sales chemicals stabilize in the Netherlands

In the Netherlands, the sales of chemicals have been fluctuating at around 10 million kg/year for years now. In 2018, sales dropped below that mark. In 2019, 9.3 million kgs of active ingredients were sold. That was almost the same level as in 2018. On their website, Agrimatie, Wageningen University and…

Sam Rivers on the ICL Plant Health Planner:

"A ground-breaking digital web-based tool to simplify, optimise plant health programmes on UK nurseries"

To help growers plan ahead and optimise plant health on nurseries year-round, ICL has developed a new Plant Health Planner. "It is a ground-breaking digital web-based tool that is designed to both simplify and optimise plant health programmes on UK nurseries,” explains ICL Technical Area Sales Manager,…

Effects of salicylic acid and humic material preharvest treatments on postharvest physiological properties of statice cut flowers

Statice ornamental plants have a great potential for use in urban landscapes, producing cut flowers and flowering pot plants. Based on the previous reports, it was this…

NL: Amazone Plants continues path of organic cultivation

‘This type of plant protection is a godsend for us’, says Dutch anthurium company Amazone Plants. They are at the top end of the market and biological plant protection is an additional pillar that supports this position.  Amazone Plants was established in 2010. During the initial few years, the anthurium company…

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US: Invasive jumping worms turn up in Willamette Valley gardens and nurseries

Jumping worms, a not-so-nice pest that arrived in the United States in the 1920s as fishing bait and as hitchhikers on imported plants and soils, have vaulted into gardens and nurseries up and down the Willamette Valley corridor. Unlike beneficial earthworms and nightcrawlers that burrow deep tunnels in…

Amy O’Shea:

“There is so much enthusiasm around biologicals in the marketplace"

For Certis Biologicals, 2021 represents much more than the return to normality following the pandemic. This year is also the company’s 20th anniversary. Global developmentCertis Biologicals has a long history of developing biologicals for the horticultural industry, dating back to the 1940s. The company has…

PanAmerican Seed’s highly resistant Impatiens Beacon series

“Breeding resistant varieties is becoming more important as less chemicals are used”

“With the use of chemicals becoming more and more restricted, breeding resistant varieties is a great solution that offers a low risk option concerning diseases, as well as a more sustainable manner of growing plants.” An example is the Beacon series of PanAmerican Seed. This series is highly resistant…

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Powdery mildew: how to recognize it

Powdery mildew causes disease on a large number of common nursery stock lines including many vegetable and ornamental species, e.g. tomato, cucurbit crops, rose, begonia, gerbera, zinnia, poinsettia, and many others. Young new growth or soft, lush foliage tends to be most susceptible. Small white powdery…

Poster in 10 languages helps recognising greenhouse pests and damage

To support pest identification and recognition of the damage symptoms by the foreign greenhouse workers in the Finnish greenhouses, Biotus collected pictures of the Top 10 pests and their observed damage. The names of the pests are presented in the TOP 10 languages spoken among the workers. Besides…


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